February 5th, 2016

Baroque architecture became prevalent on the island of Sicily during the 17th through to 18th century. Scilian Baroque is distinguished  not only by Baroque curves but by the sculptural grinning faces and putti. I found this to be one the most intriguing parts of Sicilian buildings when I visited Sicily: the relics of the grinning and glaring faces that survived since before the mid-17th century. Here is a photographic collection of some of masks, putti and various other sculptures.  It has been said, that this particular flamboyance in the sculptures gives Sicily its unique architectural identity.

These glaring grotesque masks are often found supporting balconies or decorating various parts of a building in Sicily. 

AuthorTheresa Casey